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Upcoming events Jan. 1 - Feb. 3

Monday, Jan. 2

Registration for the 10th annual Northwoods Triathlon opens at 8 a.m. Monday, Jan. 2.

Last year's event filled in seven hours; early registration is a must for the 350 spots.

This year's event in Nevis will be held Saturday, Aug. 11.

Go to to register.

Tuesday, Jan. 10

A blood drive will be held at Riverside Church from noon to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11 and from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12.

Five percent of people give blood but one out of every 10 people entering a hospital requires blood.

Call Alice Holz, blood drive chair, at 732-6754 or 252-0505 to schedule an appointment.

Riverside United Methodist Church is located on Highway 71 north.

The Healthy Moms Network will host a chapter meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10 at the Park Rapids Area Library.  

Guest Speaker is Tanja Larson, La Leche League leader for the Park Rapids area.  The topic is "Got Breast Milk?" and will offer support, encouragement and information to expecting, new and veteran mothers, or anyone who wants to know more about breastfeeding.  

For more information, contact Nicole Guida at 732-5229.

Thursday, Jan 12

The Park Rapids Area Library and Itascatur Club will present a free Legacy program featuring Charlotte Wolf, musher and veterinary technician, at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12 at Soaring Eagle Cross Country Ski Trails.

Wolf will do a brief presentation on the history of Minnesota dog sledding, and offer dog sled rides.

Open spinning will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12 at 201 Main Street, (Monika's).

Bring your wheel, spindle or curiosity.  For further information, call Kathy Belt 732-0978.

Saturday, Jan. 14

2011 will be a record year for the Kids Against Hunger Satellite in the Park Rapids area.

Since the birth of the local Kids Against Hunger satellite in 2003, groups from Park Rapids and surrounding areas have assembled nearly two million meals. These meals have gone to local food shelves and around the world - particularly to Haiti after residents were devastated by an earthquake.

Saturday, Jan. 14, all are invited to come and help celebrate the packaging of the two-millionth meal. The goal is for 60 people to come and package 20,000 meals. Volunteers may arrive any time between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Park Rapids Area High School commons area.

Suggested donation for participation is $10 per person per hour to help offset the cost of supplies. Each meal packaged costs about a dollar and feeds six people.

Contact Carla Michels at 652-2569 or to participate. For more info about our local Kids Against Hunger and the meals go to

Tuesday, Jan. 17

First Lutheran Church in Akeley will host a six-week session of Stretch and Pray classes at noon Tuesdays beginning Jan. 17 and at 6 p.m. Thursdays beginning Jan. 19.

Suggested donation is $5 per class or $25 for six sessions.

See the church website,, for more details. Contact the church office at 652-3335 or e-mail firstchurchl to register.

Sessions will last approximately an hour and are open to the public.

Thursday, Jan. 19

"Making folk toys with Kent Scheer," a class for preschoolers and parents, will be presented from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19 at the Frank White Education Center.

Class size is limited. Pre-register by calling 237-6600.

The Legacy-funded event is hosted by the Park Rapids Area Library, ECFE and Head Start.

Saturday, Jan. 21

Deep Portage Learning Center in Hackensack will hold its 31st annual Winter Rendezvous from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21.

Registration begins at 9:30 a.m.

Step back in time and try your hand at lumberjack, voyageur and Native American games and skills, such as tomahawk throwing, snow snakes, spear throwing with Atlatls, cross-cut sawing, a snowshoe relay and more.

Bring the whole family to join in a friendly, community competition while learning about the area's cultural history.

Participation fee is $6 for adults and $4 for children under 12. Lunch is available.

For reservations or additional information, call Deep Portage at 218-682-2325 or 888-280-9908 or e-mail

Deep Portage is located 10 miles east of Hackensack, off Co. Rd. 46. The website is

Shannon Lucas Westrum of Wildflower Design Studios will teach a number of acrylic painting techniques and mediums in a no-pressure, creative environment Saturday, Jan. 21 at the Headwaters School of Music and Arts, Bemidji.

The workshop will take place from 10 a.m. to noon with a break for lunch and then from 1 to 4 p.m.

Students will be provided an easel, canvas, palette, paints and brushes for their use and will take home their canvas at the end of the day.

  Registration deadline is Thursday, Jan. 12.   

  To register, send a check in the amount of $40 made payable to the Region 2 Arts Council, at P.O. Box 542, Bemidji, MN 56601.

Friday, Jan. 27

A winter retreat for writers, "Dreams as Portals for Creative Energy," will be presented by Dr. Carol Ann Russell Friday and Saturday, Jan. 27 and 28 at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, Bemidji.

Russell, a poet and professor of creative writing and women's studies at Bemidji State University, will guide participants in the purpose and nature of dream imagery to dramatize creative energy and awaken "The Sacred Feminine" within.

The workshop will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

The registration deadline is Tuesday, Jan. 24.  

To register, send a check in the amount of $100 made payable to Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, at 519 Minnesota Avenue, Bemidji, MN 56601. Call 218-444-5646 with any questions.

Friday, Feb. 3

Local fabric artist Kristin Majkrzak will lead an introductory course in the fundamentals of tapestry weaving Friday, Feb. 3, Saturday, Feb 4 and Saturday, Feb. 11 at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, Bemidji.

Students will be provided a basic frame loom and yarn for weaving and will learn basic weaving techniques, such as how to use color, create shapes and finishing methods.

The workshop will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 3 and from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 4 and 11.

Registration deadline is Tuesday, Jan. 31. 

To register, send a check in the amount of $75.00 made payable to Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, at 519 Minnesota Ave., Bemidji, MN 56601. Call 218-444-5646 with questions.